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Monday 20 November 2017

Doctors wanted for Kathryn's TV war on diabetes

Doctors are being urged to link up with RTE's Operation Transformation initiative to highlight the problem of diabetes.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has appealed to its family doctor members for more volunteers to take part in a joint IMO-RTE project.

Many general practitioners signed up to do Glucometer finger-prick testing in nine locations around the country yesterday.

The response has been so good that the organisation is now looking for more GPs to volunteer for a further day of testing at nine new locations next week, including shopping centres at Blanchard-stown and Dundrum in Dublin, Limerick Crescent, Sligo Quayside, Waterford City, Dundalk Long Walk and Athlone town centre.

IMO president Dr Ronan Boland, who screened at the Cork centre yesterday, was interviewed by Kathryn Thomas to highlight the IMO appeal and the interview will be screened on next Wednesday's programme ahead of the next screening day.

The experiences at the test centres will also feature on the John Murray radio show on Wednesday, January 25. In its appeal to more members to volunteer for the diabetes testing, the IMO described Operation Transformation as "the most successful health-based reality TV programme of recent years".

It says it provides a "terrific opportunity to positively reinforce the central role of GPs in the healthcare infrastructure".

In a statement to members, the IMO says: "It supports our efforts to broaden the positive image of GPs in the community" but points out that the success of the project depends on the co-operation, support and goodwill of quite a large number of GPs.

csheehy@herald.ie

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